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Laura Dern Said Billy Bob Thornton Broken Engagement Was ‘Like a Sudden Death’

jurassic-park star Laura Dern and sling blade actor Billy Bob Thornton met on the set of Ellen. Shortly afterward, they became a Hollywood power couple shortly thereafter. The pair were even engaged to be married, when Thornton shockingly married someone else. Dern said the shattered engagement felt “like a sudden death” that left her with no sense of clarity or closure. Has she ever gotten over it? Here’s what we know:

Laura Dern and Billy Bob Thornton’s doomed love affair

Actors Billy Bob Thornton and Laura Dern attend the screening of
Billy Bob Thornton and Laura Dern in 1997 | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

As mentioned above, Dern and Thornton first laid eyes on one another at a taping of Ellen. The moment was extra-memorable, because it was the April 30, 1997 episode in which DeGeneres came out as gay.

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